The company has a great story but this book takes forever to get to the philosophy behind delivering happiness. The person's own life story seems to be - do what you want, be selfish and eventually you will find a way to get rich.
It was self-absorbed - nothing uplifting or no relevant lessons.
There were too many - so what - stories that had nothing to do with the point of the book.
The whole first half.
This felt like a vanity book, self-published and poorly performed.
A reader of biographies, history, and other non-fiction
Tony Hsieh is a very smart and very rich man. As an occasional customer of Zappos, I decided to read his book. His focus on quality and building a corporate culture made sense, but in the end I was left with three puzzles:
• His writing is extremely opaque. Any people he mentions are like cardboard figures – father, mother, partner – he never tells anything personal about any person. Once in the book he mentions “my significant other” but nothing who that person might be and what they are like. Seems friendly but tells you nothing
• In describing the sale of Zappos to Amazon he says that announcing a 40% bonus to employees let to a mass celebration by people who would now be able to take their kids to Disneyland or afford a medical procedure. Hello, Mr Benefactor of Humanity and the carrier of happiness – what about health insurance and pay levels? People who work for you have to wait for a once-in-a-decade bonus to afford medical care?
• The bonus chapter in the audiobook contained a long interview. While advertised as spontaneous, major chunks of it were word-for-word repeats of the book, creating an impression that the author has a script that he keeps repeating as he crafts his public image.
Something in that whole story did not fit. While I do not regret having read this book, I’m left puzzled…
Tony gives clear and simple examples of waht it is to be an entrepreneur and he makes it look simple
he clearly is someone that makes the world a better place and his book has inspired me to do the same
Yes, it's an interesting 21st century business and personal bio, unaffected.
It's refreshingly a frank simple and credible account of a young entrepreneur.
His account of his adventures is told dispassionately with unaffected humour.
I'm yet to finish listening, but enjoying it so much have written my first review.
Glad I got this one on special, as the monthly membership purchase is so boring ;D
Yes because the story he tells should be the basis of any business that is trying to grow and thrive.
Not comparable. It's in its own category!
He has this quirkyness to his voice and actions.
I am a glutton for knowledge, especially regarding knowledge of myself.
This is one of those books that could change your life. It starts off with a biography of Tony Hsieh's life and the professional challenges and triumphs he faced along the way to his ultimate success. Then the book describes a series of changes that caused Zappos to be the company they are today. A must read for any business owner or manager.
A very good book. He tells his story in his own voice from his own perspective. Great timeline story and hits many pints along the way. Like a train always moving forward but makes a stops along the way to go over certain points.
It's really just a long story about Tony's childhood and Zappos. Tony is using a lot of time talking about how great Zappos is and very little time actually giving advices. The book is good but don't buy it if you want advices.
Outlook, Historical, Informative. There are great management and life practices combined with the history on the company itself.
I was very interested in Zappos as a company, but knew nothing about what a great visionary and leader Tony Hsieh was. Great narrative and informative book.
His personality seems to ooze out of the stories he shares from his childhood. By the end of the book I found myself wanting more stories, but to also just sit down and share a drink with him. Amazing leader to an amazing company.
I had no extreme reactions except for the want to just sit and listen to it for hours at a time like a good book should
Very highly recommended for anyone looking for management skills tied into a story about a successful and influential internet company.
I did not read the print version
Despite the tough initial situation of zappos, Tony had full faith in his company
very insightful book. I learnt the value of culture of a company and its impact on business. Must read for business leaders.